The Balanced Breaks you find at the grocery store are wildly popular, and it’s easy to see why. Each snack is a mix of nuts, cheese and fruit. Unlike many packaged snacks that are loaded with unhealthy fats or too much salt, the whole food ingredients in Balanced Breaks are relatively healthy, and packed with protein that keeps you full for hours.
Plus, each pack includes a variety of textures—crunchy, chewy and creamy—for an all-around satisfying snack.
How to Make DIY Balanced Breaks
The snacks are super-easy to make at home. Here’s what to do:
1. Follow This Ratio
Nuts (14 g or 1/2 oz each) + Cheese (14 g or 1/2 oz each) + Dried Fruit (14 g or 1/2 oz each)
2. Pick Your Favorite Ingredients
You can create a ton of different flavor combinations from this simple recipe. Here are some of the possibilities:
Nuts or seeds: Peanuts (plain, salted or honey-roasted), almonds, cashews, macadamia nuts, toasted walnuts or pecans, pistachios, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds.
Cheese: cheddar (mild or sharp), Gouda, pepper jack, Monterey Jack, Swiss, manchego, Colby jack, Gruyere. Avoid soft cheeses, which don’t store as well.
Dried fruit: Raisins, cranberries, blueberries, currants, apricots, mango slices, dates.
3. Portion and Pack
After you decide on a flavor combination, you can prep snacks up to a few days in advance. Simply slice the cheese into cubes, and portion out nuts and fruit. We like to keep the prepped snacks in divided storage containers, like these bento boxes. If you use a single container, keep the cheese separated from the fruit and nuts with a piece of wax paper or aluminum foil to prevent sogginess.
How easy is that? Enjoy your healthy snack!
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